Rachidou

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  • Age6
  • Conditionburn contractures
  • Currently In Hospital
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Rachidou's Story

“We keep him inside the house,” Rachidou’s mother tells us, “This way people cannot mock him.” When Rachidouo was just three years old, he was helping his mother cook some chicken for their dinner. It was during the month of Ramadan so th… Read more

“We keep him inside the house,” Rachidou’s mother tells us, “This way people cannot mock him.” When Rachidouo was just three years old, he was helping his mother cook some chicken for their dinner. It was during the month of Ramadan so they would be having a feast once the sun set. Rachidou’s mother ran to the corner store in order to buy a few more items. In those few minutes she was gone, Rachidou managed to fall off the chair he was sitting on and into the fire over which they were cooking the chicken. His mother raced back to the sound of his screams, but the entire left sides of his face and torso were badly burned by the time she arrived. Rachidou was taken to the hospital, but there wasn’t much they could do. The fire had melted much of Rachidou’s skin to the point where he has skin connecting his face to his shoulder and his upper arm to his torso. Thankfully, the family was informed about us here at CURE Niger through a nearby family who also had a child treated here. Now that Rachidou is with us, it will still be a long path to healing, but we will take it, step by step, together.

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3 days ago

This kid slays us with that smile. He's permanently dirty with some kind of food and drool, but he marches to the beat of his own incredible sweet drum. We're so glad he's back with us! Photo of Rachidou

Feb 15, 2017

This is the smile you make when you're told you can leave the ward and go back to the guesthouse which has become your second home! Photo of Rachidou

Feb 14, 2017

Our man's surgery went well and he's resting up in the ward. His smiles are a little slower today, but he's still got that glint in his eye! Photo of Rachidou

Feb 13, 2017

So after getting his new burn taken care of last week, Rachidou is going in for another surgery on his old burns! Xrays showed that his hand actually has a few finger bones inside so the doctors are going to free those up which, while he still won't have a normal hand, he will have some grasping function as opposed to just a stub! Photo of Rachidou

Feb 09, 2017

Rachidou made it back for his check up and while he is recovering great from his surgery, he returned to us with a new wound. While he was home, some hot tea spilled over his leg, burning him yet again. We treated the still fresh burn and Rachidou will be staying with us for a little bit so we can make sure it heals well! Photo of Rachidou

Jan 09, 2017

So Rachidou ended up getting discharged over the weekend, well actually on Friday, but he didn't end up leaving until the weekend. Unfortunately, that little tidbit got lost in translation for us so we didn't get a proper goodbye. Thankfully, he's set to be back here in a month for a check up as he's got a few more surgeries in his future. Please be praying that the healing continues well and that he makes it back for his follow up appointments!

Jan 05, 2017

Everyone has a bad day or two. Today is Rachidou's. Nothing is really wrong, he's just not listening to his Mom and being cranky. As a result, he went and got himself the Nigerien version of grounded. Please continue praying for him as the whole healing process isn't always the most fun thing out there.

Jan 03, 2017

It's an art therapy day today and Rachidou painted himself a paper plate tiger! Please be praying as this little guy continues to heal up. Photo of Rachidou

Jan 02, 2017

Rachidou is starting off the new year with some nice slow walks around the hospital with his grandmother. Photo of Rachidou

Dec 27, 2016

Smiles and more smiles with this guy as the guesthouse! There were a few more visitors over the weekend which results in more friends for Rachidou! Photo of Rachidou

Dec 23, 2016

We were able to sit down with Rachidou and deliver a slew of your get well messages which definitely brought his spirits up while the nurses brought his health back up. He's doing miles better today, running around and getting into trouble like usual! Photo of Rachidou

Dec 22, 2016

Rachidou isn't feeling so hot today. He's napping in the ward so the nurses can keep an eye on him as the day goes on. Photo of Rachidou

Dec 21, 2016

Rachidou got to take part in group crafts and games with some visitors we had here at the hospital. That giant smile says it all! Photo of Rachidou

Dec 19, 2016

Our man seems to have two facial expressions- confused and ridiculously happy. Here you can see him transitioning between the two of them as we read him the get wells you've been sending him! Thanks so much for caring about this little guy! Photo of Rachidou

Dec 15, 2016

Rachidou seems no worse for the wear after his surgery! He is still going in for daily bandage changes to keep everything clean. Photo of Rachidou

Dec 13, 2016

It would seem that this little guy hates wearing shirts even more than he hates going into surgery! But with every day in the high 90s (F), we can't really blame him. Photo of Rachidou

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